Pa MUFON had its fourth annual UFO Conference in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in mid October. The two weekend two day events drew 900 attendees, along with 258 for dinner and 55 for the cocktail hour. The bulk of our presales were through free social media.
We had a great conference in Philly. As close to perfect as possible. We drew 390 for the two days plus 180 at the Friday night cocktail hour and Saturday dinner. Jeff Strauss and Jen Stein really raised the professional bar for us at this one. We also sold 40 T-Shirts. Bob Gardner, Mike Melton, Wayne Gracey, Dan Medleycott, Rick Bantel and Bill Weber were also instrumental in the conferences smooth running. Speakers included Linda Moulton Howe, Dr Lynne Kitei, George Filer and Bill Birnes.
We had some controlled chaos at the start of our Pittsburgh Conference as 310 attendees showed up on a plan of 225 and only 1 speaker system was working in the theater and the 30 foot screen wouldn’t come down. We made the necessary or lucky adjustments and all went well before the last attendee took his seat. All the speakers were great and were keynoted by Stanton Friedman who started his UFO career in Pittsburgh and on KDKA radio. Stanton also did a one hour interview on KDKA after he spoke on Saturday night. We honored Stanton with a lifetime achievement award on Saturday. Our newest FI, former Yankee and Pirate pitcher Doc Medich had the honor of driving Stanton to the airport Sunday and having his undivided attention for questions. We had a great dinner buffet Saturday with 3 entrees and 132 attendees. Sunday realized another 215 attendees and was highlighted by Dr Meldrum and Stan Gordon. Many attendees said they saw our UFO lawn signs all week. Unfortunately, they disappeared as quickly as I kept replacing them and they made someone a nice souvenir. Other Pa members that helped out were Fred Saluga, Brian and Terrie Seech, Denny and Dana Henshaw, Brian McKnight, Rick Behanna, Juan Carlos, Jeff Strauss, Tracey Roy and Sam Colisimo. Special thanks goes out to Eric Altman who made this our most successful conference yet.
NBC news covered the Philly conference and DVE and KDKA radio covered the Pitt event. Although it was exhausting to do two conferences 300 miles apart on back to back weekends, we already have our 2012 Conference dates selected along with a wish list of speakers. Pa MUFON will donate 25% of the combined profit to MUFON HQ.